Kartik Kumar & Suyash Gabriel
A DDA housing scheme in Vasant Kunj was meant to host visitors and tourists during the Commonwealth Games. But, the project never materialised in time for the Games, leading the government to make alternative arrangements to house the guests.
However, the flats were auctioned, and last month, March 15 was set as the deadline for buyers to be given physical possession of the apartments.
Now, nearly four years and another deadline later, the construction of the DDA housing scheme 2010: D-6, Vasant Kunj, remains incomplete.
Of the five complexes, two (Kaveri, Saraswati) appear to be mostly completed, while work is going on in the remaining three — Yamuna, Ganga and Narmada. The DDA has reportedly only recently issued the demand letter for the Ganga complex.
Last month, DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar had said, “From March 15, allottees of the Vasant Kunj flats will be given physical possession of their flats. Completion of these houses is going on at war footing.”
While the transfer of possession seems to have taken place — as per DDA’s announcement last month — unfinished roads, malfunctioning lifts, manholes, unconstructed basement parking lots, broken window panes and broken tiles are a common sight at the complexes.
“For the last three-four years, the inner roads have been left untouched. Large portions of Ganga (complex) are still under construction. DDA has set many deadlines, but they keep on extending it”, a tenant in Yamuna complex said.
Ashok Kumar, a resident of Narmada complex, said, “If you look around, you will find quite a lot of debris from the construction work that is still going on.”
Residents are also sceptical about the overall functioning of facilities provided by the DDA at the complexes.
“It is a very unsafe place to stay. The lifts are very unpredictable; there are open manholes and broken tiles and the electricity meters don’t work. The water tanks don’t have water stoppers and they overflow every night, flooding the roads. This makes it a hub for mosquitoes. A lot of people who don’t live here have unauthorised access to the complexes,” Angad Karande, a tenant of Kaveri complex, said. Karande is in the process of vacating his house.
DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar, however, said the concerns expressed
by the residents were not the direct responsibility of the DDA.
“Our focus was to handover possession to the residents who wanted possession of their flats by March 15. We have lived up to that expectation. The only construction work left to be done is the boundary walls. We have seen everything else through,” Dhar said.
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